Eligibility: Un employed or underemployed; Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status; Age 45+
Delivery: Combination of virtual and in-person
Hours of Operation: Varies
Fee: Free with financial and tech support provided
Program dates: Multiple sessions year-round; First session starts on June 5th
Duration: 4-weeks of full-time skills training
The Skills for Success for Older Workers (SSOW) Program assists under- and unemployed individuals aged 45+ with training and support to improve their foundational and transferrable skills and be better prepared to meet on-the-job demands.
Skills for Success: Skills for Success are the skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work and life. Skills for Success include skills that are foundational for building other skills and knowledge and important for effective social interaction. Some of the essential life skills are problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation, collaboration and adaptability.
The program offers training and tools tailored to the needs of older workers. The training components include:
Skills Upgrading in Customer Services and Office Administration
Interactive activities to improve your Skills for Success, including adaptability, communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills
Discover what employers are looking for and how to market yourself in the demanding job sector
Job Readiness Preparation
Resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation, including mock interviews
Create a LinkedIn profile and develop skills to network and job search online
Learn to communicate your strengths with confidence
Digital Skills Training
Learn to use MS Office: Outlook, Word, OneDrive, Teams
Practice organizing, sharing, and collaborating on digital files including keyboarding and data entry
Develop skills to learn, network, and job search online
Self Care, Personal Development, and Social Support
Build confidence and explore your potential in a community of learning
Participate in strength-based personality assessment and practice self-care
Connect and engage with peers in a welcoming environment
Training Dates & Times
SSOW is a full-time program with multiple 4-week sessions scheduled to start throughout 2023:
Training Session 1: June 5 – 30
Training Session 2: August 8 – September 1
Training Session 3: September 5 – 29
Training Session 4: October 2 – 27
Training Session 5: October 30 – November 24
Training Session 6: November 27 – December 22
First Training Session: Starts June 5, 2023 (4 week)
1st week: 4 days in-person classroom sessions
2nd week: 3 days in-person classroom sessions and 1 day online
3rd & 4th weeks: 2 days in-person classroom sessions and 2 days online
In person training sessions: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM; 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM (5 hours)
Download the Skills for Success for Older Workers program flyer here.
This program is funded by:
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